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beautiful scenery and so many lakes within relatively easy hike .

A beautiful area that is easy to navigate. Bugs are minimal at this time and the smoke from the fires was not in the valley the two nights we were there. Although we did have smoke haze on the 395 getting there. Afternoon thunderstorms gave us a variety of weather but nothing too major. Love coming here!

Start at South Lake to Long Lake to get aclimated. Very scenic hike with spectacular views of lakes at every turn. Trail is well defined all the way to Bishop Pass. Need to be prepared and have pleanty of water/snacks to fuel up for the last mile of switchbacks up. Strongly recommend water filtration system to refill water on the way down.

I hiked this trail in July. Started at 8am...it got very hot. I think the earlier the better. It's just amazing, like another world. Unfortunately, didn't pick up the interpretive map that explains the numbered points of interest. Get one in the visitor center...the day before an early hike, as they open at 10 I found it challenging d/t the altitude, but worth every pant.

Beautiful hike! The trail is nice in that it has some switch backs that are spread throughout some meandering paths. Lots of water with at least one waterfall and stunning views of Sabrina.

Definitely need to stay hydrated - even though much of the hike is in the trees it is draining. Blue Lake is over 10,000 feet, so be careful if you are not ready for the altitude.

on Tyee Lakes Trail

backpacking
16 days ago

Tough hike with heavy packs due to steep elevation climb (2k gain in under 3 miles), seems to be much more enjoyable when just day hiking. took us 5.5 hrs to get to the 3rd lake due to our pack loads. once arrived we found the perfect camp site close to a good moving stream that connects all the lakes. good fishing, brown and rainbow trout. dog friendly area, not much foot traffic, limited camp sites which in turn means not too many people should you be looking for a place of solitude. mosquitos were not bad at all as long as you bring a good bug spray (we used deet free bug repellent and had no problems). second day we ventured to the 4th lake and went swimming and fishing.....was too tired to try lake number 5. this is a must backpacking trip with lots of scenery and wildlife.

on Tyee Lakes Trail

16 days ago

Tough hike with heavy packs but seems to be much more enjoyable as a day hike. Took us 5.5 hours to get to the 3rd lake due to our loads. Once arrived we found the perfect camp site close to a good moving stream which provided our water source for the duration of our stay. Good fishing, rainbow and brown trout. Dog friendly area and lots of day hikers with dogs. Mosquitos weren’t as bad as I was led to believe. Bring a good bug Spray and you’ll be fine.

My favorite hike of our vacation. Beautiful scenery.

We arrived at 8 AM on a Thursday at the end of July and the parking lot was half full.

Such a beautiful trail! Well groomed! Beautiful wild flowers surrounding all over + the lovely sound of the rushing water. And then the most spectacular views at the lake! This is a must trail for all!

Just got home after backpacking to Gem lake for the night. From the trailhead the elevation gain is just less than 1000, but the altitude will likely slow you down a bit. The flowers are spectacular, God had a wonderful palette of paint; purple, red, yellow, pink, white, orange. It is like an amazing garden of color. There are nice campsites at Gem lake and the mountain scenes are awesome. We got rain during dinner for about three hours. The thunder and lightening was a treat, far enough away not to be dangerous but breath taking. Had a wonderful morning and lunch filled with sunshine and birds singing. On our hike down it rained and we made a quit exit and drive to Mt Whitney restaurant in Lone Pine for a great burger and onion rings. Before our ride home on my Ninja. This is a must do hike, best if you can camp at Gem lake.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike and great time. Enjoyed the lake. It’s bloody difficult—uphill all the way. The rock trail was a bit difficult to follow due to some weather effects, but there’s plenty of fun ways up. I personally enjoyed scaling up the larger rocks.

Great trail! Easy with kids. Absolutely gorgeous views. We stopped along the way and our boys drank water from the stream, swam in the lakes and wadded in the streams. It was a great time.

Didn't know it was a difficult trail until now. I struggled but I can say I did it. Went all the way to Gem Lake. Gorgeous!

Great easy hike! So many lakes and great views. You have to make it to the end at Gem Lakes

27 days ago

Excellent views . Highly recommend it

One of our favorite hikes You pass Mack, Marsh, Heart, Box & Long lake before you reach a short side trip to Chicken Foot Lake at 10,789. A side trip around Gem Lakes is a great stopping point for a quick dip and lunch before getting back on the trail and heading up to Morgan Pass. We couldn't resist "the bear goes over the mountain" temptation to see what we could see. All we saw was more mountains to climb, so we headed back...

Gorgeous lake, beautiful scenery, easy hike, great fishing what more could you ask for?

it's a beautiful hike into God's country.

just love this place . it's a beautiful hike into God's country.

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice and easy backpacking. But to many mosquitoes. Need more insect repellents.

My first Sierra backpacking trip with a Boy Scout group. The hike is quite strenuous, and the elevation makes it more so. The views are amazing, and the fishing is quite good (I didn't fish, but most of the other hikers did).

There is plenty of water, but make sure you bring a way to purify it.

Also, bring a mosquito net, as they are EVERYWHERE. Worst of all, they did not seem to get the memo that you should not bite someone who wears bug repellent. If anything, it seemed to attract them even more!

beautiful and easy walk

hiking
1 month ago

Only went as far as Heart Lake. Very scenic stroll without any drastic elevation climbs. Great trail to do with the kids. There is a lot more traffic than the trail to Ruby Lake/Mono Pass but not oppressive by any means.

Fished for an hour at Heart Lake but was unsuccessful. Was worth it for the views alone though.

hiking
1 month ago

What an incredible hike! I started off around 9:45 AM, made it to Ruby Lake around 10:45. It is the quintessential Alpine lake, just awesomely scenic, surrounded by jagged peaks. After a small snack, I started my way up the switchbacks. Right before you make the turn north, keep an eye out for a small cairn on top of a large flat rock. This leads down the hill a little to an epic view of Ruby Lake. Amazing to just sit, relax, and take everything in.

There was still a little bit of snow remaining at the top of the pass but it was easily manageable in hiking shoes. I have to say the Summit Lake is a bit anticlimactic, just a large puddle, pretty much.

From there, I took a side trip up to Mt. Starr. The best way seemed to be diagonal towards the SE, then switching back NE. The sluff was tough but the loose cobbles, you really had to be vigilant to prevent them shifting and sliding under you. Once you get within 100 feet of the top, you have more solid rock, which provides excellent footing. Then you just work your way along the ridge towards the top. Very sketchy on top as it is a long way down the other side. If you have a fear of heights, you'll feel a little vertigo, especially with the wind. it took about an hour to get to the top from Mono Pass. Round trip with breaks, photos, etc. was a little less than 6 hours.

backpacking
1 month ago

Really great hike! Going to Horton Lake on this trail gives you views of Mount Tom from the valley below. Old mine cabins and small lake trout (brookies). Only bad thing is the mosquitos,bring your deet. Do it no regrets. Only six people per day allowed for overnight.

What a great day hike, with tons of spectacular views the entire way. We thought this hike started moderate and towards the switchback end was definitely hard. We had our 9 year old and she lasted about 70% of the way, then went back to Lake Sabrina.

Definitely not for kids who are not used to altitude and moderate/hard hiking. Make sure you take lots of water and start early. That sun on the first half was intense!

The best!!!

Awesome scenery on this one!

hiking
1 month ago

From the trailhead to the 3rd Hilton lake it is ruined by the packers! Deep dish sand with heaps of donky doo. Why don't they require poop bags? After lake 3 it was sublime. I suggest waiting until Fall after some rain and the packers go home.

Beautiful hike, easy one night backpacking. The temperature dropped to 32 degrees at night. Also mosquitoes were insane so be prepared. You need to have a strong repellent and mosquitoes nets would be very helpful

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